Dehumidifier Reviews – The Buyer’s Guide
Hello and welcome to Dehumidifier-Reviews.co.uk, your one-stop-shop for all information regarding dehumidifiers – we’re here to help. If you’ve already bought a dehumidifier please share your thoughts with us. If you’re in the market for a new dehumidifier then this site will give you all the information you need. If you’re totally new to the thought of a dehumidifier and don’t know where to begin, the buyer’s guide below would be a great place to start.
Editor’s Choice Dehumidifiers
Things To Consider When Choosing a Dehumidifier
Most dehumidifiers have auto-drain abilities, which means you can site the machine next to a drain and have the collected water run away automatically, rather than collecting in the internal bucket, which requires that you empty it periodically.
Some dehumidifiers purify the air in addition to removing humidity, they can filter the air of bacteria, mould spores and other allergens using filters with special coatings. Some dehumidifiers possess ionisers, which also help to remove these baddies from the air. The EcoAir DD122FW mk5 has all of the features listed and more.
Desiccant dehumidifiers are much lighter (half the weight of refrigerant varieties) and generally smaller too, so would be better suited to small spaces and being moved around. The EcoAir DD122 Mini, which is the lightest and smallest full-sized dehumidifier on the market, weighs just 5.1kg and is a great example.
Particularly when you first switch on a new dehumidifier you will notice extra noise because the machine will be working hard to reduce the excess humidity. However you should notice that after a number of days, once the humidity levels have been brought under control by the machine, that the noise lessens greatly. Also remember that the machine will not be dehumidifying 24 hours a day, only when the humidity increases beyond the desired levels (generally a few hours each day).
If the dehumidifier will be in a ‘noise-sensitive’ location, such as the room you watch television, then choosing the right machine will be very important. In this case, we’d recommend that you go for a desiccant dehumidifier, such as the DD122 Mini, which produces just 32dB and is the quietest dehumidifier on the market.
- The size of your home or the particular room you wish to target
- The humidity levels in your home and contributing factors such as drying clothes indoors, long showers, poor insulation etc.
- Your desired humidity level. Ideals range from 40% to 60% humidity depending on the temperature and personal preferences.
Refrigerant dehumidifiers, such as the EcoAir DC202 tend to be more powerful and durable against long-lasting demands (e.g. large, poorly insulated home requiring 40% humidity).
Types of Dehumidifiers
Refrigerant dehumidifiers have been dehumidifying homes effectively for over half a century.
Based on tried and tested refrigeration technology they are practically bomb proof and highly effective.
There are a few major flaws with refrigerant technology, which can’t be mitigated easily, namely:
- The required compressor can be a bit noisy
- The required compressor makes them heavy and bulky
- They are not effective at low temperatures below 15°C, such as those experienced in garages, sheds and boats.
Models are lightweight and as they don’t require a compressor they are hardly audible on low settings. They also operate effectively at low temperatures.
They may not last as long as refrigerant types. Sometimes they can suffer from a burning smell during the first use, but almost always this goes after a couple of hours.
DO NOT BUY THESE – they are extremely inefficient and weak; they will be unable to affect the humidity of a room. Maybe the technology will improve and one day we’ll all be using them, but certainly not for the time being.